Strikes and protests in Nigeria

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tastybrain
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Jan 9 2012 10:39
Strikes and protests in Nigeria

This article gives a brief outline of the beginning of the strike. I can't find any info on how many workers are striking. The article's estimation of 1000 protesters seems very small...

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Normally bustling streets were empty as labor unions began a paralyzing national strike Monday in oil-rich Nigeria, angered by soaring fuel prices and decades of government corruption.

The strike's power became clear as the sun rose Monday in Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos, where typically clogged roads stood mostly empty as trade unions set up informal roadblocks. Local gang members attacked cars of those still driving in spite of the strike.

More than 1,000 protesters gathered at a public park ahead of planned mass demonstration, waving placards bearing an effigy of President Goodluck Jonathan with devil horns and fanged teeth and showing him pumping fuel at a gas station.

Gas prices have risen from $1.70 per gallon (45 cents per liter) to at least $3.50 per gallon (94 cents per liter) since a government fuel subsidy ended on Jan. 1 at the orders of Jonathan's administration. That spurred a spike in prices for food and transportation across a nation of more than 160 million people, most of whom live on less than $2 a day.

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Jan 9 2012 11:02

The Nigerian unions say up to 8 million workers will be on strike (population: 160 million).
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-16464922

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Jan 9 2012 11:08

A report from Al-Jazeera saying there are thousands taking to the streets..

Also this interesting video from protests in London..

Mark.
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Jan 9 2012 12:54

Report from a few days ago:

Occupy Nigeria activists set up "Tahrir Square" in Kano city

Also

'Occupy' protests become major challenge to Nigerian government

#Occupy Nigeria

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Jan 9 2012 15:08

Blog post and photos from a neighbourhood protest..